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Fly-by: Flyers 3, Red Wings 2

Tuesday, 03.06.2012 / 10:59 PM / News
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Fly-by: Flyers 3, Red Wings 2

   
       
  Laviolette    Giroux    Bryzgalov    Briere
EMOTIONAL VICTORY
What better way than to end a game with defensive stand than tonight.

Following an emotional ceremony that saw the Flyers retire their greatest defenseman in team history, the Flyers shut the door on one of the NHL's most powerful offenses for a 3-2 victory.

"I think for us to finish a game like this, protecting the lead in the last minute against a team like Detroit, is huge for confidence down the road," said Max Talbot, who added his 18th goal of the year.

The Flyers held off a flurry of scoring chances in the third period, which saw the Red Wings fire a total of 21 shots on Ilya Bryzgalov; a pale comparision to the two shots they managed in the first period.

Bryzgalov let one in, but that was it. He stopped multiple scoring chances in the final minute of play, while his defensemen threw themselves in front of shots and battled pucks in the corner to finish the Red Wings off.

With the victory, the Flyers have won ALL four games in which they have retired a number in a pre-game ceremony by now, a 21 to 9 margin. (The Flyers did not retire Barry Ashbee's #4 prior to a game).

“We really liked the way played, it was a great hockey game.  They’ve got a good team," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "I’ve said this before, they’re experienced, and they move the puck and they’re dangerous and they’ve got high end players and they’ve had a lot of success for years playing together.  You really have to be sharp.  It was a big win for us to keep things moving in the right direction in the month of March.”
The Flyers have won three games in a row for the first time since a seven-game winning streak from Dec.2-15.

Ilya Bryzgalov has a .948 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average in the three-game win streak.
 
The Flyers were outshot 37-14 over the final two periods.  The Red Wings had 21 shots in the third period; it’s the third time this season a team has had 21 shots against the Flyers in a period, which is the season high (NJD, 2nd period, 11-3-11; CBJ, 3rd period, 11-5-11).
 
Claude Giroux had a team-high five shots, as well as two hits and three blocks in the game.  Scott Hartnell led the Flyers in hits with five.

With a goal and an assist, Giroux surpassed his career-high in points, which had been 76 set last season. Giroux has 24 goals and 53 assists for 77 points.


#2 - Mark Howe
With all due respect to the 20 Flyers who took to the ice tonight, Hall of Famer Mark Howe is hands down tonight's star.

Howe became the just the fifth Flyer in the team's 45 seasons in the NHL to have his number retired by the club (#2).

In 10 seasons for the Flyers, he appeared in 594 games (1982 to 1992).  He holds the franchise record for career goals (138), assists (342) and points (480) by a defenseman. He ranks 14th overall on the Flyers All-Time List in scoring, eighth overall in assists, and fourth overall in shorthanded goals (24).

"I think the last two games the referees have been trying to let us play. I think tonight, like you said, was a playoff atmosphere a little bit, the crowd was loud.
- Max Talbot

"Anytime you get chances to put it in and you do, it's gonna get you wins. Tonight we didn't have a lot of shots like we usually do but we found a way to bury the ones we had."
- Claude Giroux

Tonight's turning point came all the way at the end of the game.

Having already scored a third period goal to climb within one, the Red Wings had their best scoring chance amidst a crowd in front of the Flyers net in the final minute of play.

Ilya Bryzgalov came up with a great save with 56.8 seconds left in addition to fighting off several other shots in the waning seconds to secure the victory for the Flyers.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Amongst his family, friends and all Flyers fans, Mark Howe watches his No. 2 banner raised.

Flyers 3, Red Wings 2
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Max Talbot scored goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed a goal to Henrik Zetterberg on Detroit's first shot of the game. Johan Franzen made it 3-2 in the third.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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